Been a while since I had anything build-related to share here, but I keep coming back to "school" here and to marvel at all the artistry and perseverance displayed here. So here goes... This project started with a friend of mine buying a guitar press from the Martin Factory a couple of years ago. He's a big Martin buff and jumped at the chance to own a bit of their history, plus the price was right. Sat in his garage, big heavy thing with the hand wheel on a jack screw at the top to operate it. Neither of us ever used it. Fast forward and it's time to build an office in the garage so everything must go. Not even sure if he sold it or scrapped it, but when he took it apart there was this huge hunk of mahogany in there which served, I think, as the bearing board for the press to press against. It was covered on the top side by a sheet of formica so it didn't even look like wood at first glance. This is it: But under that, solid slab of mahogany about 26" x 22" but 2 1/4" thick. I had a body shape sketched out and kind of a plan so I dove on in. Before the work on the body began I started on the top. The body would be hollowed out so the top needed to be strong. I chose maple over spruce because of this, and because I'm cheap. The local Lowes provided an interesting 48 x 6 x 1/4" slab and I picked up an offcut of walnut from a timber/flooring store. Template time. I cut the maple board into sections I could fit in my oven and roasted that mother for 3 1/2 hrs. I don't have pics of the glue up but I had to use four pieces to make the top and match the best I could. I planed the pieces down to 3/16" before joining them. This pic shows the walnut tailpiece which is a bit of a nod to a great luthier and friend in Woodstock, NY. Minimal bracing was added and an aluminum plate under the keyhole section for strength, but also to attach a string ground. Necessary due to the type of bridge going on here. By now I've changed the tailpiece, bridge and pickup complements at least three times, but this is it now. I debated f-holes and came up with this idea instead. Oversized pickup routes with a rounded over edge just so I can hear myself while playing unplugged on the couch. Control locations. Back to the mahogany. I trimmed it up and have enough left over for a neck or two down the road, I think. Now, unless I rip this slab in half theres no way it's going through the planer I have. And I'm not doing that. Soldier on and cut out the body. Attach template and route. Good, now let's make it hollow. OK, but it's still too thick, remember? No problem. Watch Sound City again on Netflix and casually saw away the excess. I hated this part. I left a little "dogbone" in there to support the bridge studs and maybe to transfer some vibration to the back. And I have to leave it there for now. Update tomorrow.